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  1. Insanity phase continues for man guilty of voluntary manslaughter in death of copRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Nov 3 | The Reporter

    The insanity phase of a Fairfield murder trial of a man accused of killing an off-duty Richmond police officer continued Friday in Solano County Superior Court. Robert J. Vega, 32, was found guilty by a jury of voluntary manslaughter, but not guilty of second-degree murder, in the Feb. 11, 2016, gunshot slaying of off-duty Richmond police officer, and father of Vega's ex-girlfriend, Augustine “Gus” Vegas.


  2. Athlete of the Week: Hernandez runs to first place at MEL Cross-Country ChampionshipsRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Oct 31 | The Reporter

    If anybody has run like the wind this fall, it would be Vacaville High School cross-country runner Gabriela Hernandez. With a blistering 3-mile time of 19:02.60, Hernandez won the varsity girls race at the MEL Championships at Lagoon Valley last week.


  3. Sexual assault charges filed against De La Salle, Ygnacio Valley football playersRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 21, 2017 | The Reporter

    Sexual assault charges were filed Friday against football players from De La Salle and Ygnacio Valley high schools alleging that the two students raped a Carondelet High student last month, according to authorities. Detectives presented their criminal case Friday morning to the District Attorney's Office, which decided to charge both boys with sexual assault, the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office said.


  4. Xbox bandits have preliminary hearingRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 19, 2017 | The Reporter

    Three men accused of robbing another man at gunpoint of his Xbox in July made an appearance together Tuesday in Solano County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing. Rosendo Vazquez-Ortiz, Edwin D. Martinez, 18, and Anthony L Rivera, 18, are each charged with first-degree robbery.


  5. Richmond petroleum storage facility fined $160K over leak into bayRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 18, 2017 | The Reporter

    MARTINEZ >> A petroleum storage company has agreed to pay fines totaling $160,000 and to undergo a multimillion-dollar repair of a tank that leaked oil into the San Francisco Bay, court records show. The Houston-based company Kinder Morgan Liquids Terminals LLC agreed to the fine Sept.


  6. a Buyback Our Futurea gun buyback event nets more than 157 unwanted firearmsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 26, 2017 | The Reporter

    Carlos Martinez and Anne Fennessy of the Vallejo Police Department's Citizens on Patrol help unload a pile of guns during the 'Buy Back Our Future' gun buyback event at the Solano County Fairgrounds on Saturday in Vallejo. A man in a van had just surrendered a pile of 32 firearms.


  7. Will C. Wood names Nick Voight defensive coordinatorRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 19, 2017 | The Reporter

    When the Wildcats football team visits the Concord High Minutemen Friday night, Will C. Wood will have a new defensive coordinator on the sidelines. Wood physical education teacher and experienced coach Nick Voight was added on to the varsity coaching staff this summer by Wood head coach Carlos Meraz.


  8. Woman killed, man arrested in DUI crashRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 1, 2017 | The Reporter

    A Honda Accord and GMC Yukon are on the side of Nut Tree Road where they came to rest after being involved in a collision at the intersection of Nut Tree and Marshall roads early Monday evening. Joel Rosenbaum - The Reporter A woman was killed Monday evening and a man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in what Vacaville police are calling a DUI-related traffic accident.


  9. Two Vacaville Admirals earn spot in USSSA showcase tourney in FloridaRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 31, 2017 | The Reporter

    The summer season for the Vacaville Admirals 9U team may be over, but two players aren't done just yet. Vacaville's Dallas West and his Admirals teammate David Bernstein III, of Vallejo, visited Martinez in late-March for the USSSA All American team tryouts at the Universal Sports Academy.


  10. Accused child molester set for judgment and sentencingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 27, 2017 | The Reporter

    A Vacaville man accused of sexually abusing an underage girl made an appearance Thursday in Solano County Superior Court, where a date for sentencing was set. Jose Salinas-Martinez, 40, is charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, and one count of oral copulation with a child under 10 years of age.


  11. California attorney general sues to prevent Valero acquisitionRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2017 | The Reporter

    MARTINEZ >> California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing to prevent an oil company's attempt to purchase a petroleum terminal in Martinez, a move that he said could drive up gas prices across the state. Becerra on Thursday announced in San Francisco that he will file the action against Valero Energy Corp., which is attempting to buy the petroleum terminal from Plains All American Pipeline.


  12. Vacaville man accused of molesting family member back in courtRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 21, 2017 | The Reporter

    A Vacaville man accused of molesting a juvenile family member over a span of several years made a brief appearance Wednesday in Solano County Superior Court. In May, Jose Salinas-Martinez, 40, pleaded not guilty to the charges, which include five counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and oral copulation with a child under 10. He was arrested on March 16 in Suisun City, after the victim, told her mother about the alleged sexual abuse.


  13. Teens at Nurse Camp learn the ropes from veteransRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 20, 2017 | The Reporter

    Selina Martinez, 18 of Vacaville learns how to use an intubation kit during the first day of NorthBay Healthcare's annual nurse camp Tuesday at the VacaValley Health Plaza. Fellow campers, Kyra Liu, 16, of Benicia , and Danae Bruckert, 18, of Vallejo, wait their turn.


  14. Gentile tapped as new softball coach at Solano CollegeRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 28, 2017 | The Reporter

    Solano's athletic director Erik Visser has tapped Nikki Gentile as the team's new coach following a wild year for the program. The Falcons were forced to cancel their softball season back in February --just weeks before their first game was scheduled-- due to a lack of players.


  15. Athlete of the Week: Vandena s Blackshell-Fair scores 11 points in 90...Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 20, 2017 | The Reporter

    Down by 10 points late in the third quarter of Saturday's Northern California Regional finals against Miramonte of Orinda, it looked like Vanden High School's girls basketball team was down to its last breath. After Miramonte scored to make it 42-32 with just under five minutes in the third quarter, Blackshell-Fair ripped off 11 points in 90 seconds to quickly pull her team back into the driver's seat.


  16. Solano County couple arrested in MartinezRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 18, 2017 | The Reporter

    At 12:53 p.m., officers responded to a report of a person trying to pry a mailbox lock on Tea Tree Court before fleeing in a black Mercedes C230. Officers found and stopped the Mercedes as it was about to enter eastbound lanes of Highway 4 from Muir Road, and found evidence of mail theft inside.


  17. Traffic stop leads to drug bustRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 3, 2017 | The Reporter

    Raul Martinez, 29, of Rancho Cordova, who was the driver of the vehicle, and Jose Rocha, 50, of Sacramento were pulled over by police due to a broken brake light. An inventory search of the vehicle by officers led to the discovery of a “large amount of crystal methamphetamine,” police said.


  18. Vanden decimates Vallejo with 87-point winRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 1, 2017 | The Reporter

    On a night when Vanden paid homage to those that played before them, the Lady Vikes celebrated the birthday of junior guard Deirdre Huff with a 91-4 victory over Vallejo. With the visiting Red Hawks not at full strength, the Lady Vikes opened the game on a 37-0 run in the first quarter as the Vanden press overwhelmed the hapless 'Hawks and all but one Lady Vike scored.


  19. Vanden High School girls cruise to 73-point win to start leagueRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2017 | The Reporter

    The Lady Vikes visited Vallejo to begin league play and dismantled the Red Hawks from tip to final buzzer. Vanden's Deirdre Huff tallied a team-high 22 points, 10 steals and five assists.


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